Migration using BlogVault – FAQ

1. Can I move to a new web host using BlogVault?

Yes. BlogVault’s ‘Migrate’ feature allows you to move your site to a new web host, with a single click, and without downtime.

To move your site to a new web host, you must ensure that:

  • You have an account on the new web hosting service
  • You’ve got a domain created on the new host, with WordPress installed and configured (or at least a manually created database)
  • You have the FTP credentials of the domain (this includes the FTP username & password, and host server)
  • The site is served from a folder on the new web host


If you’d like to migrate to a new host, we suggest that you refer to our guide on the same: Migrating to a New Host using BlogVault (https://blogvault.net/migrating-to-a-new-host/) for more details.


2. Can I move to a new domain/ URL using BlogVault?

Definitely! BlogVault allows you to move your entire site to a new domain, with a single click. It also intelligently rewrites all references to the old URL in the database, so you don’t have any broken links at the end of the migration process. Before you use the ‘Migrate’ feature to move your site to a new domain, you will need to ensure that:

  • The new domain you’ve created has WordPress installed and configured (or at least a database created manually)
  • You have the FTP credentials of the new domain (i.e. username, password, host server)
  • You know which folder the new domain’s WordPress installation is being served from (or create a database manually on the destination)

To know the exact steps involved in moving your site to a new domain, we suggest that you to our guide on how to migrate to a new domain or URL using BlogVault (https://blogvault.net/migrating-to-a-new-domain-or-url/).


3. Can I use BlogVault to copy my site from my staging setup to the production deployment?

Yes, BlogVault makes it easy for you to update your production site (e.g. www.mysite.com) from your staging site (e.g. test.mysite.com). First, backup your staging site (test.mysite.com) using BlogVault. Once this is completed, use the migrate option to move the test site to your production environment. We will automatically convert all your staging site links to the production site links.


4. How will BlogVault transfer files during migration?

One of the prerequisites for the migration process, are the destination’s FTP details. This includes FTP username & password, and host server details. Once you have filled in these details in the migration form, BlogVault moves the files and database of your site to the new location. BlogVault makes sure to modify all links so that they load properly from the new destination, and there is no downtime.


5. I don’t have my FTP details. What do I do?

Your domain’s FTP details are usually sent to you by your web host as soon as you create a hosting account. If you’re using an existing hosting account, you should be able to find a domain’s details from your hosting account’s dashboard, or cPanel.

If you can’t find these details, we recommend that you contact your hosting provider.

Another option, would be to create a new FTP account for this domain. Refer to our guide on Creating a FTP user with cPanel (https://blogvault.net/working-with-ftp/)  for more details on how to do this.

BlogVault uses these details to move your site to your desired destination, and migration is very difficult without them. We do not store any of these details, they are only used to move your site.


6. Do I need to install WordPress before migration?

While we recommend installing WordPress because of the ease of the process, it is not mandatory.

BlogVault only automatically fills in the database details during migration, so if you install WordPress on your new destination, your database is automatically created. For details on how to install WordPress on the new destination, refer to our guide on Installing WordPress.

If you don’t want to install WordPress on the new destination, you will have to create a database (and a corresponding user). For instructions on how to do so, refer to our guide on Creating a Database Manually.  In this case, BlogVault will automatically use the details of your newly created database to migrate your site to the destination.


7. Do I need to transfer any files manually before migration?

No. BlogVault transfers your entire site – posts, pages, images, database, etc. for you. BlogVault carries out the process intelligently so you don’t have to worry about broken links, or downtime.


8. Do I need to install the BlogVault plugin on the new domain/host before migration?

No, BlogVault migrates your site intelligently, so you have the least hassle possible.

There are a couple of things you will have to take care of so that BlogVault can move your site to the new destination:

  • You will have to either install WordPress on the destination (or create a database manually on the destination, and a corresponding user).
  • You will also have to keep the FTP details of the destination handy in order for BlogVault to move your site.


9. Should I create a database manually before migration?

In case WordPress isn’t installed in the new location, you must create a database and a corresponding user. Please make a note of the database host, name, username and password which you’ll have to key in during migration. Refer to our guide on Creating a Database using cPanel for more details.


10. Can I migrate my site to a new web host without changing DNS settings?

Yes, BlogVault lets you migrate your site to a new server without changing the name servers. This ensures that the site is up and running on the new server without any downtime. Click here for a detailed article on migrating without downtime.

Prior to initiating migration, the domain must be setup on the new server. This can be by setting up the domain as an add-on domain using cPanel.


11. Do I need to clean up the files if I am migrating to an existing site?

No. If you malware on your site, BlogVault handles it by overwriting the infected with newer versions (from more recent backups). Any other files will be left just as they are.


12. Should I install a clean WordPress every time, or would a previously working WordPress suffice?

Any existing WordPress install will work just fine… BlogVault will overwrite existing files and ignore the extraneous files.


13. Will there be a downtime during migration?

No, BlogVault enables zero downtime migration. Once the migration is completed, you must update the DNS server to point to the new location. Until then the old URL continues to serve your site’s visitors. After the DNS update, the new one takes over. Read our article on Migration with Zero Downtime for more details.


14. What happens to all the data in the old location post migration? Will BlogVault delete all the files?

BlogVault doesn’t delete the old files. You can do it manually whenever needed.


15. Will BlogVault start backing up the new site post migration?

No, you must add the old link and add the new site to your BlogVault dashboard to start backing it up.


Got more queries? Write to us at support@blogvault.net